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The Gavel Grapevine is a new feature designed to communicate things that are happening in and around Knox from the perspective of the Board Chair.

We actually do have a gavel at our Board meetings- hence the title.

Here are some of the Grapevine Highlights as delivered on Sunday.

  • November has been a busy month – and it’s not over yet!  Here are a few highlights - keeping you in the loop with just a few of the things that have been happening:
  •  A reminder that some Stewardship packages have yet to be picked up.  They’re in the Narthex, so please have a look after worship if you haven’t seen yours yet.
  •  A huge thank you to Anne and Colleen for organizing another great Advent Fun night last night.  I was sad to miss it, but Sarah gave it a glowing 5-star report.
  • If you haven’t marked your calendars, don’t forget that our 3rd annual Carol Singalong night is coming up fast.  Last year there were over 60 people in attendance!  Colleen, Madelene, and the Knox Strings & Wings will all be there – so come and sing along!  That’s Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 7 PM. 
  •  The Board has received Rev. Karen Hollis’s report on her time at Knox.  You’ll remember that Karen was here to provide Pastoral coverage and conversation while Liz was away this past summer.  The Board is now reviewing the report, and is looking to schedule an event in the New Year where the congregation can gather to talk about it, too.  Please watch for updates!
  •  The Board has signed off on a 3-month contract extension with our developer.  It feels like the City of Vancouver is nearing the end of its work, and we hope to be able to finally complete the sale of the Fellowship Centre land sometime in January – maybe much sooner!
  •  Many of you know by now that the budget process is well underway, and the Board Executive met last week to look ahead to the New Year.  Thank you to our Finance team for all their hard work in bringing the budget together.  Our ACM date will be announced shortly – please stand by!
  •  Finally, the Board is holding a special meeting in December to review several Remits proposed by the United Church of Canada.  Our Presbytery Rep has done an excellent job preparing the Board for its discussion.  Nora Sanders, the General Secretary for the United Church of Canada tells us the following:

 Ever since its inception in 1925, The United Church of Canada has embraced change as it strives to better serve its members. Accepting new ideas is in keeping with the Bible’s teaching, which instructs us to “Be strong and courageous...for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).  Pastoral charges might keep those words in mind as they consider remits approved at last summer’s 42nd General Council in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Delegates there authorized that five remits should be considered by pastoral charges and presbyteries (three others are being considered by presbyteries only), as the approval of any or all of these five will bring about substantive, denomination-shaping changes to our church’s Basis of Union:

(1) A Three-Council Model,

(2) The elimination of Transfer and Settlement

(3) Establishing an Office of Vocation

(4) Funding a New Model

(6) Creating a single Order of Ministry

 On behalf of the congregation, the Knox Board will discern how we will respond to these remits.  If you're interested to know more, please go to:http://www.gc42.ca/remits for an overview of the proposed changes.  The Board would welcome your feedback for consideration during our discernment.  We'll be meeting December 15th 10 am in Room 1

  •  Finally, I wanted to mention that Mary G, in her Worship Chair hat, Josie, and the Communications & Hospitality Team have been collaborating on advertising for Christmas.  Check Dunbar Life, the Kerrisdale Insider, and in a few weeks, the Vancouver Courier for our ads.  We’re also working on lawn signs to be placed on and near the Knox property promoting Christmas Eve worship.  The content of these ads has been developed based on the draft Communications Strategy -- so we'll see how it all works!